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Berestovskaya

 
 
 

Biography

 

Siberian mezzo-soprano Ksenia Berestovskaya holds an extensive portfolio of concert work throughout the United States, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Born in Omsk, Russia during the dissolution of the Soviet Union to a mathematician father and engineer mother, Berestovskaya experienced music as a manifestation of strength – and as an experience that bound the generations together.

“My grandparents lived through a world war, through concentration camps, through military service. My aunts were children of war,” she says. Decades later, her father’s family would still sing old folks songs a capella in Ukranian; her mother’s – convening relatives distant and close around the kitchen table – traditional songs in Russian. “People would always sing. Whether they were happy or sad, they would sing.”

She herself began in earnest at seven, performing in her hometown of Omsk. When her father moved her family thousands of miles west to teach at the University of Tennessee, her horizons exploded. “I remember the crackle and pop of all our old vinyl records, and the feeling of discovery. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Sinatra, Beethoven – all mixed in with the old Russian bards.” Upon her return to Russia, emboldened by the new wealth of influences, she began performing jazz.

Finally, at sixteen, she tried her hand at a Puccini aria on a whim. “The amount of body control it required astonished me. It was a completely new feeling.” Entranced and challenged by the demands of the medium, Berestovskaya embarked on a lifelong love of opera.

The teenage singer soon discovered her vocal ideals in classical  performers like Conchita Supervia, Rosa Ponselle, and great tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, drawn in by the raw emotional truth she found in the golden age singers.

Berestovskaya recently earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. During her career as a student she performed a variety of roles ranging from Prince Orlofsky in Die Flederemaus (at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre) to Annina in La Traviata (at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN).

Recently, her schedule includes concert tours of the historic St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals of Ireland, Downpatrick Cathedral and Bangor Abbey in the United Kingdom, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Berestovskaya is a first-place NATS Mid-South Region competition winner and finalist of The American Prize in Voice/ Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award.

 

Upcoming Performances

May 18-19, 21

Rimsky Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel (Amelfa)

Sheen Center for the Arts
New York, New York, USA

 

May 24-30

Semifinals: Sonora International Opera
Competition Francisco Araiza

International Pitic Festival, Teatro Auditorio del Cobach
Sonora, Mexico

 

May 28-30

International Festival of Pitic 2017

Hermosillo, Mexico

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